Friday, August 03, 2007

TEDGlobal talks premiere online

I got this from the TEDTalks people. Worth a read (and a looksie).

Dear TEDizens,

I'm pleased to tell you that today we're premiering the first online talks from this summer's extraordinary TEDGlobal: "Africa: The Next Chapter." The talks from the conference have been buzzed about around the blogosphere, and we're thrilled now to offer them as they happened.

Whether or not you were with us in Arusha, you will want to check these out ... and then join the exhilarating conversation taking place about Africa's brighter future.

Four talks to kick things off:

Euvin Nadoo set the scene on day one, describing a continent poised to light up.

George Ayittey roused the audience, alternating from lacerating criticism of Africa's "hippo generation" to an inspiring appeal for the "cheetah generation" to rise.

Ngozi Okono-Iweala, the final speaker, provided a tour-de-force, telling powerful personal stories and showing how the different pieces of the aid vs trade argument, which had animated the conference all week, could be reconciled.

And 19-year-old William Kamkwamba won a standing ovation for his shy 3-minute interview, revealing how as a 14-year-old he had solved his parents' energy needs in a village with no electricity.

Over the coming months we'll continue to release ever more of these talks. These represent just the tip of the iceberg...

All best,

Chris Anderson, TED Curator
Emeka Okafor, Conference Director,